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The Magic Flute

The theme of the production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Günther Rennert at the Munich State Opera was the battle of good versus evil depicted as a duel between light and darkness. The creative language used by Svoboda in his designs was based on the same concept – in a large number of his perfectly rendered pastel design drawings, the stage space is defined through planar compositions of light and dark surfaces. The principle used for the final realisation was to expose surfaces to light sources, which created zones of shadow within the illuminated stage space. Unlit projection surfaces made of anthracite grey foil blended perfectly with the dark background.  The “crowning jewel” of this complex symphony of light was the use of a laser beam broken by a shard of glass, which was present for only four minutes during which Pamina and Tamino passed through it during their trial by fire and water. This “laser” production is the pinnacleof Svoboda’s abstract illuminated sets.

Bayerische Staatsoper München
premiere: 14. 7. 1970
director: Günther Rennert
conductor: Rafael Kubelík
costume designer: Erich Kondrak

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